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Midwest State of Mind / Bio

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Rock, Alternative, Blues
Andrew Thomspon- Vocals/Guitar,Jay Patton - Bass
Wade Zilla-Lead,John Smith- Drums

Midwest State of Mind is a four piece band that mixes genres and characteristics to create bold new music. A vibe that resonates as both familiar and brand new simultaneously leads to a diametric yet universally approachable sound. Our songs aim to please the crowd and energize all in attendance. What better way to experience this all-inclusive music than by a live show?


Midwest State Of Mind, is a four piece Rock Band that formed in 2009 In Indianapolis, IN. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on bluesy funk, as well as elements from other genres such as Alternative and Grunge.
When played live, their music incorporates elements of jam band due to the improvised nature of much of their performances.

Currently, the band consists of Andrew Thompson(vocals) , Jay Patton(Bass), Wade Boyer(Lead Guitar) & John Smith(Drums).
The music, unless otherwise noted, is entirely written as a collaborative effort of combining individual creative tastes that intentionally tries to succeed in connecting different styles of music for your ears and minds! We aim to please a wide range of music lovers and our own tastes, in one fail swoop. Blending tastes, theories, and mixing genres fluidly gives MWSM a sound truly of their own.

When the band was formed , the original members of the band included, Andrew Thompson(Vocals), Jay Patton(Bass) , Will Hickman(lead) , and Sean Eagan(Drums). Hickman and Eagan were later replaced by Matt Reigel( Lead) and Casey Ruggles(Drums) who appeared on the 1st album amongst other Indianapolis musicians who made guest appearances.
During their time in Indianapolis, MWSM spent their time heavily gigging around the Indianapolis area and the Midwest region. Playing in clubs and on college campuses, MWSM quickly gained an underground following. Being known for the high energy shows, improvisational skills and on stage Antics of Frontman Andrew Thompson.

After the release of their debut album, and the success of the single "One Day" a feel good rock pop tune that pays damage to the men and women of the Armed Forces . They gained a more mainstream fan base and made a few opening act appearances with National acts like The Dirty Heads, Fuel and Filter.

In 2014, The Band decided to relocate to Austin Texas, and reassemble the line up, to pursue broader horizons.
This is where Founding members Andrew and Jay, connected with Wade Boyer and John Smith.
Boyer was also an Indianapolis musician who Thompson and Patton had met during their time there. At the time Boyer was performing in a touring act that, came thru Austin to perform at SXSW 14' , where he ran into Andrew and Jay. After spending some time back in Nashville Boyer decided to join MWSM in Austin in Jan 2015. The band later met Austin native John Smith, who joined the band in March 2015 after departing with his current project that was performing around The Austin area.
After reassembling and performing around Austin area MWSM put together their first national tour. The "Scumbag Ripper Tour" in Summer of 2015. The band has plans to record their sophomore follow up album in late 2015.

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Current Location
Austin, TX

Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cage The Elephant, The Doors, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Rage Against The Machine, Blind Melon

Band interests
Playing music, kicking it with Alf, drinking whsieky and having a generally good time. Music binds all of us together its fun to play in different areas and regions of the the world for many different types of people and finding ways to relate to everyone we come in contact with thru the power of music.


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General Info

Band Members
Jay Patton - Bass, Andrew - Vocals, Wade Zilla - Electric Guitar, John Smith - Drums
Artist Name
Midwest State of Mind
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Alternative / rock

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Austin, TX

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